SkyDrive App and Windows Explorer

With recent announcement from Microsoft SkyDrive (free-of-charge file hosting service allowing users to upload files to a cloud storage) now available on Apple’s App Store, the experience and flexibility of managing Office docs and pdf files has become lot more easier. Whilst the web version ( is the primary source of managing your SkyDrive account with folders and files, there are other options available to access the files directly from Windows Explorer.

Upon logging to SkyDrive with your Windows Live ID and navigating to My Documents folder as an example, a unique ID in the address bar can be ascertained. On your machine map the network drive to \\\your_skydrive_id\^2Documents replacing with your unique ID and enter your Live ID credentials upon login prompt. That’s it.

More instructions with illustrations can be found on Rob Margel’s blog. Of course, there are other tools available such as SD Explorer to meet other needs. For me, the iPhone App, Windows Explorer mapped to SkyDrive and a whopping 25GB free storage suffices the requirement!

Hope you find this post useful!

Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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